Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City Bags Top Chef Michael Schulson

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Richard Trenchard

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Last Updated 14th Mar 2024, 07:22 AM

Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City Bags Top Chef Michael Schulson

There’s news to savor this week as Ocean Casino Resort announces a deal with celebrity chef Michael Schulson to bring two new dining experiences to New Jersey's casino hub, Atlantic City – Pearl & Mary and Samuel’s. 

After the closure of Schulson’s Izakaya at the Borgata on January 1st this year, the news marks the speedy return of the renowned restauranteur to Atlantic City. Let’s take a closer look at what’s on the menu. 

Pearl & Mary 

Pearl & Mary will join the likes of Amada and Linguini By The Sea to offer fine dining at Ocean, setting up shop in the current Harpers, which will move up to the casino level. 

"The team at this property is first class and I look forward to opening additional concepts with them in the future," commented Schulson.

Schulson is promising a classy oyster bar experience with coastal-inspired dishes and craft cocktails. It’s a concept that might ring a bell for Philly folks. Pearl & Mary's inaugural iteration sits in the trendy Midtown Village. 


Meanwhile, Samuel’s will present a more relaxed option for dining in Atlantic City, taking over the space currently occupied by Sky Café. Paying homage to Schulson's family heritage with a nod to his grandparents' place, Samuel’s Deli will offer a modern twist on American-Jewish cuisine. Land-based casino diners can expect freshly baked breads, delicious salads, and bespoke sandwiches. 

A Welcome Return

Schulson’s first restaurant opened up in Atlantic City 15 years ago, with the chef saying he’s glad to be back.

“It’s apropos to be returning to the shore to work with Ocean,” he said. “This team at this property is first class.”

Not only have Schulson and Ocean Casino Resort expressed positive statements about their new collaboration, but both have also dropped hints about more to come. 

With Schulson looking forward to “opening additional concepts” with Ocean Casino Resort, and Bill Callahan (general manager at Ocean) speaking of a “long-term partnership,” it seems that the imminent arrival of Pearl & Mary and Samuel’s, both set to open their doors by summer, may just be the aperitif. 

Foodies. Watch this space!

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After years working as a national newspaper and magazines journalist in the UK, and a former assistant sports editor, Richard has worked almost exclusively in the iGaming industry since 2017. Helping assemble and lead a content team providing articles to one highly-regarding gambling business, and writing countless pieces for others, we're delighted to have him on board. Outside of the gambling world, Rich is a keen sports fan, has picked golf back up again after 20 years and managed not to throw his pitching wedge into the water after duffing another chip (yet!).

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